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OHS Class of 2020 Seniors:


The 2019-2020 scholarship cycle for

Shiawassee Community Foundation is now open.



Michigan Department of Education *FREE* Money for College!


Michigan Children of Veterans Tuition Grant - The Children of Veterans Tuition Grant provides undergraduate tuition assistance to students older than 16 and less than 26 years of age who are the natural or adopted child of a Michigan veteran. The veteran must have died or became totally and permanently disabled as a result of military service. Valued up to $2,800 per year.

Michigan Competitive Scholarship - MCS program is available to undergraduate students pursuing their first degrees at an approved Michigan postsecondary institution. Students must demonstrate both financial need and merit. Eligible applicants must achieve a qualifying ACT score prior to entering college. Valued up to $1,000 per year.


Michigan Fostering Futures Scholarship - The Fostering Futures Scholarship provides scholarships to students who have experienced foster care in Michigan on or after age 13.  Students must also demonstrate financial need to qualify. Eligible seniors must apply by June 30. Valued up to $3,000 per year.

Michigan Police Officer's and Fire Fighter's Survivor Tuition - Police Officer’s and Fire Fighter’s Survivor Tuition Act provides for the waiver of tuition at a Michigan community college or public university for children and surviving spouses of Michigan police officers and fire fighters killed in the line of duty. The program is intended to provide an educational benefit to the spouse and children of police officers and fire fighters who made the ultimate sacrifice for their communities and the citizens of Michigan. Valued up to a full waiver of tuition. 

Michigan TIP Scholarship - The Tuition Incentive Program (TIP) encourages eligible Medicaid recipients to complete high school by providing tuition assistance during an eligible student’s qualifying certificate or associate degree program and also during the student’s bachelor’s degree program.

  • Student must have (or have had) Medicaid coverage for 24 months within a 36-consecutive month period between the ages of nine and high school graduation.

  • Complete the TIP application no later than August 31 of the academic year in which the student graduates from high school or its recognized equivalent.

  • Obtain a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent prior to age 20.​​

    • Students who attend a state-approved Early/Middle College have until age 21 to graduate and complete a TIP application.

Year Round/Seasonal Scholarships:


Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation - Career & Technical Education Scholarships: This scholarship opportunity is for children of Marines and Navy Corpsmen pursuing a post-secondary education at any accredited school—whether that be a career training, trade school, community college, or four-year university. The CTE scholarship application is available all year and applications are processed every month. The entire process will take at least 5 weeks.

Digital Responsibility 4 x Essay Scholarship Contests Year-round - ATTENTION 9th, 10th, 11th & 12th Graders! This opportunity is for ALL grade levels and worth $1,000 per essay contest. All four quarterly opportunities are 500-1000 word theme essay contests surrounding the topic of "taking control of your digital life". Each of the four opportunities has its own separate quarterly due date. Annual Months & Topics: SEPTEMBER - Don't Text and Drive, JANUARY - Technology Addiction Awareness, APRIL - E-waste, and JUNE - Digital Privacy.

Writers' Square 3 x Essay Contests Year-round: This scholarship is open to students in 1st-12th graders! Requirements vary by school grade level. This writing contest takes place three times per year. Applicants must write an essay about what nature's role is in their life. High school students must write a 1,000-word essay.

Database FYI:


The below Annual Scholarship Database is our custom database focusing on our custom pick of opportunities that fit two categories:

  • National Essay/Speech/Video/Fina Art Contests and

  • Local/Regional/State Opportunities.


The majority of opportunities are for seniors preparing to graduate. Some scholarships include underclassmen which tend to be in the format of writing/speech/video/fine arts contests. 

Scholarships remain listed after the deadline passes. If you are interested in a scholarship not yet updated, we encourage you to investigate the previous year's application details. Although deadlines and theme-based scholarships will update annually, typically scholarship criteria rarely change. Investigating the process, especially for contest based opportunities, will give you a headstart in your preparation to apply. 

Scholarship updates are announced by the SSC using social media and the daily announcements. Students receive the daily announcement automatically each day through their OPS email account. Parents can sign up for the daily announcements by email too, start by going to our Plug In page. 

Annual Scholarship Database:


  • EXPIRED 10/6/2019 - AES Engineers Scholarship: $500 awarded to seniors attending a post-secondary school. 500-1000 word essay required. Character shown in the essay will play a key role in deciding the winner.

  • EXPIRED 10/11/2019 - Young Artists AwardSeniors interested in Dance, cinema, jazz, music photography, theater, visual arts, voice and or writing may apply.

  • EXPIRED​​10/31/2019 - Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation: $1,000 award to seniors. Requires transcript, information about your school, and an account of all participation in school and non-school related clubs, organizations, honors, awards, leadership, and volunteer work since freshman year.

  • EXPIRED ​10/31/2019 - Voice of Democracy Annual Scholarship-"American History: Our Hope for the Future": 9th-12th Graders may apply to this theme based audio-recording essay competition. Requires application and 3-5 minute audio essay that meets the criteria of originality, content and delivery. Special accommodations available for applicants with hearing and speech disabilities. Application and essay recording must be delivered by midnight to a local VFW. Mrs. Pilon shows there is a local VFW Post #9455, 519 S Chipman St, Owosso, MI 48867. She suggests that applicants contact the local VFW Post #9455 to make official arrangements to hand off submissions to someone in authority to receive them, call (989) 723-8655. Valued as high as $30,000. 

  • EXPIRED 11/5/2019 - Prudential Spirit of the Community Award​: Seniors who've made a difference by volunteering in their community over the past year may apply. Complete the application and the student/parent agreement. Requires a certifier. Go to the "Certification" page to email or print out instructions for your certifier. You must deliver these instructions to your certifier by November 8, 2016. Your certifier can be your school principal or the head of a county 4-H organization, Girl Scout council, American Red Cross chapter, YMCA or HandsOn Network affiliate. Your certifier has until November 18, 2016, to review applications online and select Local Honoree(s) from the applicants in your school or organization, and nominate them for state-level judging. Worth $1,000 and a fabulous trip to Washington, D.C. ​

  • EXPIRED 11/5/2019 ​- Elks Lodge Most Valuable Student Scholarship: Seniors may apply online-requires essay and teacher evaluation. 500 four-year scholarships will be awarded to the highest rated applicants. Finalists will attend a Leadership Weekend in Chicago. Value: First Place = $50,000 x 2; Second Place = $40,000 x 2; Third Place = $30,000 x 2; Fourth Place = $20,000 x 14; Runners Up = $4,000 x 480. ​

  • DEADLINE 12/2/2019 - CG Trader ScholarshipSeniors with a min 2.5 gpa may apply. Requires a 500 word essay on the topic “The future of technology in education”. Valued at $500 to $3,000. 

  • DEADLINE 1/4/2020 - GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program: A $10,000 scholarship awarded to a student who demonstrates at school, workplace, and community the attributes of leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship. Must have a 3.0 or higher G.P.A.

  • DEADLINE 1/20/2020 - Girls Impact the World Scholarship: All 9th-12th High School Students: Students must create a 3-5 minute video that creates awareness and focuses, for example, on solutions about why so few girls choose to study STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and why these fields are largely headed by men. Multiple topic ideas are available, please see website for complete guidelines. Here's a peek at 4 specific scholarship focuses all part of the same February 1st deadline and film festival. Click the links below for each highlighted topic.

    • "Girls in STEM" Prize: $1,000

    • "Global Impact" Prize: $2,500

    • ​"Green IS" Prize: $2,500

    • "Honest Beauty" Prize: 2,500

    • "Let Girls Learn" Prize: $1,000

    • "Stand Up Men"Award: 2,000

  • DEADLINE 1/31/2020 - Shiawassee Community Foundation (SCF): The SCF is a local area nonprofit organization that manages the application process for dozens of local and regional college fund offerings, such as memorial scholarships. ​​Value: Last year the SCF managed the collective distribution of $156,000 in scholarships to Shiawassee County area students.  Don’t miss out by waiting, this is not something you can speed through and below are some steps to begin to prepare.  

  1. Take Time - Review Tutorial and Instruction Sheet.

  2. Take Time – Thoughtfully Write and Prepare Your Essay.

  3. Take Time – Recommendation Letters via Recommendation Request Forms in the SSC (Using 1 request form, make copies and provide one copy to each teacher or coach).

  4. Know Who - On the SCF application’s Transcript section you will be asked to enter the name and email address for the individual at your high school that manages transcripts. At Owosso High School the answer to this question is:

    • Name - “Mrs. Lisa Pilon”

    • Email - “”. 

  5. Take Time – Fill Out Online Application + Uploads = Submit.  The January 31 deadline will come faster than you think – don’t delay.

  • DEADLINE ​2/15/2020 - The American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Michigan-Memorial Scholarship Application: Seniors *girls* applying meet the specific criteria as daughters, granddaughters, great-granddaughters of honorably discharged or deceased men or women veterans (see application for veteran details) may apply. Requires copy of veteran's discharge papers (review application for instructions on how to acquire such documents), letters of recommendation, transcript, Income Tax 1040 for previous year or FAFSA completion summary. Valued at $500.

  • EXPIRED 2/20/2019 - ​The Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD)-Outstanding High School Student of the Year Scholarship: Graduating seniors with a 3.0+ gpa who are pursuing a career in engineering or the life sciences and serve as an active volunteer in the school or community. Requires submission of an application and a recommendation letter from a teacher or counselor. Scholarship valued at $1,000.

  • EXPIRED 2/22/2019 - Delta Sigma Theta Sorority-Lansing Alumnae Chapter: Greater Lansing Area minority seniors with 2.75 GPA or better, application, photo, transcript, letter of acceptance to a post-secondary institution, 500-750 word themed essay, and two letters of recommendation. Value currently unknown.

  • DEADLINE 4/30/2020 - Harold Cooley #841 Marine Corps League ScholarshipSeniors may apply whose parents or grandparents are currently on active duty or who have served honorably in the United States Marine Corps or the Navy as an FMF Corpsman. Applicants may attend a community college, university, or a technical school. Requires application that includes a list of honors, activities, and service along with your transcript. Value not yet determined.